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Mainstreaming ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries in Mexico through effective participation and citizen science.
by Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI) (Civil society organization)
We can make the difference in promoting a global change for sustainable resource management and ocean conservation alongside integrating biodiversity into economic sectors such as fisheries. We will achieve this through effective participation, citizen science and an ecosystem based approach.

Our organization operates in four of Mexico's 17 coastal states, where 70% of the countrys total industrial and small-scale fisheries production is concentrated. With the aim of driving the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and its associated targets to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, our organization:

Has developed a capacity-building program which works with 30 partner fishing cooperatives that we have trained to promote legal, consensual, inclusive, sustainable and competitive fishing practices.

Has actively participated in the implementation of international sustainability fishery standards for the eco-certification of Mexican fisheries, and promoted Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs) in small-scale fisheries, with 10 fisheries currently working to apply the standards.

Has participated in the creation of 78,920 hectares of fully protected marine reserves in collaboration with fishing communities. The reserves where created under the existing management instruments in Mexico: core zones, fish refuges, and voluntary fully-protected marine reserves, with 170 commercial species moving towards sustainable management. These actions have involved 194 fishermen and 28 fisherwomen trained to collect data on over 348 species. Over 12,000 transects in three ecosystems have been completed, and this has generated the information necessary to make science-based management decisions for coastal marine resource use.

Has informed two initiatives at the public policy level for restoring marine ecosystems and improving public social participation in fisheries management.

In this sense, Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI) is committed to keep fostering the following actions:

An escalation of our capacity-building leadership program to reinforce our partner fishing cooperatives, and to strengthen human development, common wellbeing, communication, conflict resolution, and negotiation.

An increase in the application of international sustainable fishery standards and fishery improvement projects in small-scale Mexican fisheries.

An expansion of the coverage of marine areas protected by communities under management instruments: core zones, fish refuges, and voluntary fully-protected marine reserves.

The holding of annual "Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification Workshops", with the participation of different key stakeholders, to reverse poorly directed fishery subsidies and foster a National Plan for Fisheries Sustainability and an Intersectoral Alliance for Sustainability, in order to adapt eco-certifications to the context of Mexico and achieve their implementation on a permanent basis.

To develop and consolidate our new project "Gender Equality at Sea", in order to achieve gender equality in the decision-making process for marine conservation and fisheries management. Women in fishing communities have an important role but cannot always participate in the processes.

We are highly aware that the responsibility to manage and conserve biological resources relies upon each of us, so, to ensure the replication of our successful fisheries collective action models at both the national and international level we must continue our collaborative work with governments, communities, academia, researchers, civil society organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders, to create a representative, connected, integrated approach to ocean and marine resource conservation in Mexico.
Progress reports
December/2017
An increase in the application of international sustainable fishery standards and fishery improvement projects within at least two small-scale mexican fisheries, and the following-up of five other artisanal fisheries that have implemented fishery improvement projects, improving capacity-building for sustainable fisheries.
December/2018
The implementation of our capacity-building leadership program for 16th partner fishing cooperatives which we work with, and their strengthening for human development, common wellbeing, communication, conflict resolution, and negotiation. This includes the development and consolidation of the project Gender Equality at Sea, in order to achieve gender equality in the decision-making process for marine preservation and fishery management.
December/2018
An increase of at least 10 marine areas protected by communities under management instruments: core zones, fish refuges, and voluntary fully-protected marine reserves.
December/2018
The creation of 1 Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Award as a public policy incentive, in order to recognize fishers and aquaculturists who carry out sustainable and responsible practices
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Basic information
Time-frame: January/2017 - December/2018
Partners
Partnerships: Community fishing cooperatives, Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, Kanan'Kay Alliance, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, International Community Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Helmsley Foundation, Oak Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Mar Alliance, Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, CORAL REEF ALLIANCE, Global Vision International, Interamerican Foundation, International Community Foundation, Red De Pescadores Del Caribe Guatemalteco. CSO: Niparaja, Causa Natura, ProNatura, EDF, FMCN, WWF, Healthy Reefs Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Glover’s Reef Research Station, Reef Check, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, Oceanus, Mar Fund, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Art of Conservation. Academic institutions: Arizona University, Duke University, British Columbia University, Stanford University, California University, UNAM (Mexico), CINVESTAV (Mexico), IPN (Mexico), UABC (Mexico), Universidad de Sonora (Mexico), Smithsonian Institution, CEDO (Mexico), CICESE (Mexico), El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, ECOSUR, London’s Global University. Scientific community: The Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen), Perry Institute of Marine Sciences, Center for Ocean Solutions, World Resources Institute. Government: the National Commision of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CONAPESCA), the National Fisheries Research (INAPESCA), the Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission of the Senate, the Fisheries Comission of the Lower Chamber, the Mexican Women Institute (INMUJERES). Intergovernmental organizations: CONMECOOP, FEDECOOP, CANAINPESCA, Environmental Project International. UN entities: FAO, UNDP, UNEP. Others: SmartFish, FishWise, MSC, MBA, FairTrade, Shared Leadership, Banamex, HSBC.
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Mexico
Other beneficaries
The countries with which we share the Mesoamerican Reef: Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
Contact information
Fernanda Fitzmaurice , Public Policy Advisor, mfitzmaurice@cobi.org.mx, +5215555747909
Isla del Peruano 215, Colonia Lomas de Miramar, Guaymas, Sonora, ZP 85448, Mexico
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